Did you know…
1. Gartner predicts that by the year 2020, 90% of companies will adopt hybrid infrastructure management capabilities.
2. 63% of chief information officers in France prefer the hybrid cloud, against 37% and 17% for private and public clouds respectively (Insight Avenue).
In this context, we believe companies simply won’t be able to operate without hybrid platforms to manage their various clouds in the coming years.
Why are hybrid clouds becoming so popular?
A hybrid cloud is a set of technologies that allows services to come together as one. It’s about being able, via a cloud management platform, to provide the necessary private and/or public resources to users.
It offers lots more opportunities than other types of clouds when taken separately.
Public/shared clouds: these are ideal for services that don’t add value, and those that aren’t permanent, offering per-second invoicing and easy access to the ‘native Internet’. However, full-time production resources are now cheaper in private clouds than in public ones, often with a much higher quality of service.
Private/dedicated clouds: they are also limited when companies want to quickly test the possibilities of a new digital application, for example.
But thanks to hybrid clouds, companies now have the freedom to switch easily from one cloud to the other.
When should companies opt for a hybrid cloud?
B2C stakeholders who are early adopters have been driven by the need to manage seasonal peaks and troughs in activity, as well as being able to provide technical support for modern online behaviour, particularly in terms of mobile apps, connected objects and so on. As for everyone else, the transition is somewhat smoother. Once their infrastructure reaches its natural lifespan, they can begin the process of thinking about what other kinds of cloud solutions they need to move towards. As mentioned above, hybrid clouds bring the key advantage of drastically lower costs and payment flexibility using pay-as-you-go invoicing, two aspects that are key deciders for many companies.
Generally, companies are starting to migrate their less sensitive software, rather than those used for operational applications, such as their messaging software and office tools. On the other hand, tools that are developed in-house – the most sensitive assets – are hosted on site to retain overall control, from security through to development.
Where do French companies stand on migrating to hybrid clouds? Culturally, the French are more cautious than their Anglo-Saxon cousins, but French companies are certainly in the adoption phase.